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CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Free TAFE Building Trades

Next intake To be advised
DurationFull-time: 18 months

Course description

Are you pursuing your Builder's Registration or looking for supervising or contract administration roles? The Diploma of Building and Construction course will help you achieve this goal. 

You will learn about the latest building industry skills required to plan and coordinate the construction of medium-rise residential and commercial buildings, as well as construction theory, contract administration, supervision skills, and quality risk factors.

To be suitable for the Industry Group application, you need to be working in the building/trades industry or have relevant experience. For those applicants new to the industry, please apply for the day group. 

Visit Building Design and Construction Management for more information on all available courses.

Note: The Class Night Intake is only available to Students with previous industry experience.

Possible career outcomes

  • Eligibility to register with the Building Practitioners Board in Victoria as a domestic builder (unlimited) and commercial builder. For more information visit the VBA website.
  • Building works supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Registered builder domestic (unlimited)
  • Registered builder commercial

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 during business hours to discuss upcoming intake dates.

Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • Applicants will be selected on demonstrated history and experience in a construction related industry.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor CPCCBC5007 100
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings CPCCBC4001 18
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings CPCCBC4053 22
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction CPCCBC5001 200
Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects CPCCBC4009 50
Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects CPCCBC4018 40
Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions CPCCBC4010 200
Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to 3 storeys CPCCBC5018 300
Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects CPCCBC4004 60
Lead WHS risk management BSBWHS513 40
Manage building and construction business finances CPCCBC5019 50
Manage business risk BSBOPS504 60
Manage construction work CPCCBC5010 150
Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction CPCCBC5011 150
Manage professional technical and legal reports on building and construction projects CPCCBC5013 40
Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects CPCCBC5002 60
Prepare and evaluate tender documentation CPCCBC4013 20
Prepare simple building sketches and drawings CPCCBC4014 40
Produce labour and material schedules for ordering CPCCBC4005 40
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCBC4012 30
Select and manage building and construction contractors CPCCBC5005 40
Select prepare and administer a construction contract CPCCBC4003 50
Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects CPCCBC4008 40
Supervise the planning of on-site building and construction work CPCCBC5003 200
Elective Units Code Hours
Develop action plans to retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency CPCSUS5002 36
Manage project stakeholder engagement BSBPMG538 40
Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials CPCCBC5004 60


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Written assignments
  • Team projects

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $5.89 per hour 2136 AUD $12,581.00 AUD $16,125.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.75 per hour 2136 AUD $29,370.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $945.00
Education Levy AUD $320.40


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $18,097

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)/Bachelor of Property and Real Estate at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin University

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 5/06/2024 12:00:30 PM